Well, he didn't win the "whole" ArtPrize - no one person does. But Chris and his collaborators (known collectively as ABCD 83) won the juried prize in 3-D Art for "More or Less", a most awesome multimedia installation, combining found objects, music and video projection. This photo doesn't do it justice, but you probably won't read the rest of this post without a photo...
ArtPrize is a very prestigious competition and a juried prize usually results in a major boost to one's art career (and it definitely comes with a very respectable monetary award as well).
I am sorry that all of you could not experience More or Less in person. The link above includes photos and video; I also recorded a big chunk of the show. It's amazing. Check it out.
Finally, from an ArtPrize Awards summary article in The Rapidian:
Lisa Freiman, the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Contemporary Department’s Chair, awarded the 3-D juror category to Chicago-based art collective ABCD 83’s piece “More or Less” at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). “What they’re doing in the installation that I loved is that they’re accumulating all this material that we would normally throw out and they’ve elevated it into an installation that essentially creates an urban landscape,” she says. “Altogether for me it was powerful and unique and it stood out as really the most ambitious and unexpected piece out of all of ArtPrize.”
“After receiving such an overwhelmingly great response from the general public, getting this jury award feels like an awesome reaffirmation that our work is succeeding on multiple levels,” says ABCD 83’s Chris Silva. “And after all the time and money this project required, it’s fantastic to be able to pay for a few month’s rent and have more breathing room to figure out how to keep this creative experimentation going.”
Chris, I am so proud of you and so glad to see all of your hard work and astonishing creativity pay off.